Spain: Ministry for Ecological Transition cuts off additional irrigation water to Murcia for September

The Murcia government has criticized a decision by the government of Spain 'not to send water resources to the Levante for irrigation", authorizing only a transfer of 7.5 cubic hectometres for urban consumption from the reservoirs of Entrepenas and Buendla through the Tajo-Segura aqueduct.

This is far less than the 20 cubic hectometres recommended by the Central Commission for the Exploitation of the Tajo-Segura Aqueduct, says Murcia's Minister of Water, Antonio Luengo. The Minister alleged that over the last four years, the Levante area has received 137.9 fewer cubic hectometres from the Tajo-Segura than it should have.

The Ministry of Ecological Transition in Spain's central government has decided to reduce the water being supplied to the Cuenca del Segura for the purposes of watering agricultural land for September.

In a statement, the Ministry said, The decision has taken into account the reserves of volumes of transferred water available in the Segura basin, the authorized volumes pending transfer on September 1, the forecast of contributions for the coming months, the estimated future consumption of supply and irrigation and the application of the rule for the next six months.


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